binding

noun
bind·​ing | \ ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce binding (audio) \

Definition of binding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of one that binds
2 : a material or device used to bind: such as
a : the cover and materials that hold a book together
b : a narrow fabric used to finish raw edges
c : a device that holds a boot firmly to a ski or snowboard

binding

adjective

Definition of binding (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : that binds
2 : imposing an obligation

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Other Words from binding

Adjective

bindingly \ ˈbīn-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce bindingly (audio) \ adverb
bindingness noun

Examples of binding in a Sentence

Noun

a carpet edged with canvas binding The bindings have started to come loose.

Adjective

The contract is legally binding. The parties agreed to settle the dispute through binding arbitration.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My bindings have a few simple adjustments to turn them from ski mode to walk mode. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Ski Uphill This Spring," 29 Apr. 2019 Grace eventually managed to escape some of her bindings. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "‘Evil attracts evil’: Judge gives mom life in teen murder," 30 Mar. 2019 Focusing phage display work on antibodies, Winter was able to show that an antibody's binding site could appear on the surface of a phage. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Nobels in Chemistry Made Evolution Work For Us," 3 Oct. 2018 The smell of fusty paper, damp cover binding, obliterated the stink of fast food and electricity. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Luna author Ian McDonald’s heartbreaking new time-travel romance," 31 Mar. 2018 The expert, who declined to be identified for this article, found that while the letter had been bound in modern times, an earlier binding was the same as the Vatican’s copy, officials said. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Vatican Gets Back Stolen Columbus Letter, but Case Remains a Whodunit," 15 June 2018 Gear: rear-entry Salomon boots, puny Rossignol slalom skis, and bindings cranked to eleven. Nick Paumgarten, Outside Online, "Nick Paumgarten on the Thrill of His First Daffy," 11 July 2018 Of course, that’s non-binding and Leonard could leave and there’d be nothing so show for a one-year rental. Nat Newell And J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "How the Pacers could trade for Kawhi Leonard," 15 June 2018 Of course, that’s non-binding and Leonard could leave and there’d be nothing so show for a one-year rental. Nat Newell And J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "How the Pacers could trade for Kawhi Leonard," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While not yet binding law, the resolution is the biggest sign yet that the dreams of architects around the world will be crushed in the name of tradition. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Notre Dame Will Probably Look Exactly Like It Used To," 29 May 2019 One bidder said more financial information from the sellers will be needed before binding bids are made. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Chicago Cubs, Sinclair Create New Cable Channel to Carry Games," 13 Feb. 2019 The Securities and Exchange Commission’s ALJs wield significant powers, exercising discretion and issuing decisions that become final and binding unless the SEC’s commissioners act to overturn them. Adam J. White, WSJ, "Regulatory State Has a Bad Day in Court," 24 June 2018 Addressing that concern would mean reopening a legally binding withdrawal agreement that diplomats spent more than a year negotiating, a step government officials want to avoid and EU leaders have rejected. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "After Bruising Defeat, Theresa May Searches for Brexit Compromise," 16 Jan. 2019 However, knowing that British lawmakers want stronger commitments, her idea would be to win a legally binding commitment of some kind to reinforce those intentions shortly before a parliamentary vote is held in January. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "U.K.’s May Faces Uphill Battle to Win Brexit Concessions From EU," 11 Dec. 2018 For decades, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a treaty adopted in 1992, had struggled to develop a legally binding agreement, with formal sanctions for failure. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 The two sides must secure a legally binding withdrawal agreement over the divorce that includes the financial settlement that Britain would pay to the EU. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "With Six Months to Brexit, EU Sees Theresa May’s Plan as a Threat," 16 Sep. 2018 But as the physics community itself, internally, Stephen was a very powerful binding force in that community. Sarah Lewin, Space.com, "Stephen Hawking's Children and Colleagues Discuss Physicist's Final Book, Legacy," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of binding

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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binding

noun

English Language Learners Definition of binding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cover of a book
: a narrow strip of cloth attached along the edge of something
: a device that attaches a boot to a ski

binding

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of binding (Entry 2 of 2)

: forcing or requiring someone to do something because of a promise, agreement, etc.

binding

noun
bind·​ing | \ ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce binding (audio) \

Kids Definition of binding

1 : the cover and the fastenings of a book
2 : a narrow strip of fabric used along the edge of an article of clothing
3 : a device that attaches a boot to a ski

binding

adjective

Legal Definition of binding

1 : imposing a legal obligation the agreement is binding on the parties
2 : requiring submission to a specified authority the suppression order was binding on the Department of TransportationNational Law Journal

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